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WCCO TV Personality Sherm Booen Dies

Sherm Booen, better known as "Mr. Minnesota Aviation" died April 7 at the age of 97.
Booen, from Richfield, Minnesota, was inspired by Minnesotan pilot Charles Lindbergh and his solo transatlantic flight and from then on he had an intense interest in flying according to the Star Tribune.
He learned how to fly at a field near Albert Lea while he worked at KATE radio and in 1942 he was able to continue doing both when he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Marine Air Reserve in Korea and Japan reported the Star Tribune.
In 1952 when Boone returned to Minnesota he started working at WDGY and then WCCO radio where he hosted "World of Aviation", the world's only regularly scheduled aviation television program, reported WCCO. The show ran for 28 years.
According to the Star Tribune Booen's friends say that his passion for flying was passed to many others with his show and his magazine, Minnesota Flyer, that launched in 1960 and for those reasons he was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 1995.
He was also inducted to the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002 according to WCCO.
In his spare time off the air he was flying his Beechcraft Bonanza where he and his family often took part in traveling to fly-in breakfasts reported the Star Tribune. Booen is survived by a sister Mary Leone Sonksen and his one grandchild, D'Ette Mullinix.

Minnesota Fashion

Local fashion event "Voltage" fuses together local fashion and music into a highly anticipated showcase this weekend.
This year is the seventh installment of the show "Voltage" and is a prime event in the Twin Cities as it serves to get new talent into the public reported the Minnesota Daily.
Voltage is also geared towards bringing in a wide range of audience members. Local bands like Pink Mink, Me and My Arrow, Phantom Tails, Communist Daughter and Fort Wilson Riot should bring in an audience that may not know much about fashion according to the Minnesota Daily.
Voltage and the rest of the events apart of MNfashion week are a way to the Twin Cities on the map in the fashion world. Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst for the NPD Group, a New York-based consumer research company, explained that in order for the Twin Cities to become a well-known for fashion the work the cities produces needs to be different than the rest of the known fashion hotspots reported the Pioneer Press.
According to the Pioneer Press when MNfashion began in 2004 Voltage was the only event and today there are more than a dozen runway events, trunk shows and open houses. The week has also expanded to occur in the spring and the fall just like fashion weeks in Los Angeles and New York.
A person who believes that Minnesota is on its way to get on the map for fashion is "Project Runway" season 6 finalist Christopher Straub of Shakopee. Straub has chosen to stay in Minnesota because of the presence of a fashion industry and people need to be aware of it according to the Pioneer Press.

Earth Day events

This year there are many opportunities to get involved with Earth Day in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas including park hosted cleanups and building awareness.
According to the Minnesota Daily Saturday was the start to next weeks' volunteer opportunities as it was Minneapolis's annual Earth Day Clean Up. Members of the community gathered in 40 locations as a part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's largest annual community-service event.
The Earth Day Clean Up has been successful in getting the help of thousands of volunteers, including University of Minnesota students, and picking up thousands of pounds of trash around the city according to the Minnesota Daily.
Throughout the week of April 18 multiple parks and centers are inviting volunteers for snacks before getting to work on cleaning local areas reported the Star Tribune. The Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul/ Mendota Heights is one place of opportunity to participate in Earth Day.
Even after Earth Day (April 22) has passed volunteers can still find places to help contribute to nature, including Farmington's annual Earth Day and Arbor Day event on April 30, where participants can help clean ponds and parks and kids can learn from a visiting naturalist reported the Star Tribune. Visitors are able to get free tips from attending these events.

Brooklyn Park shooting kills two

Two Festival Foods employees were shot and killed Friday in Brooklyn Park.
At 8:30 p.m. a store employee had walked into the store's break room, apparently in a fit of jealousy, where two employees were sitting and shot both of them. One was killed and the other was fatally injured reported the Star Tribune.
According to the Hennepin County medical examiner Abigail M. Fedeli, 20, died of a single gunshot wound to the neck and the other employee, a 21-year-old man, died after being taken to the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale reported the Star Tribune.
KARE 11 news reported that police called the suspected shooter an ex-acquaintance of Fedeli and that they learned very early on who they were looking for.
The police tracked down the suspect in Minneapolis and as they surrounded him he shot himself near West River Parkway said the Star Tribune. His body was found underneath the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Deputy Chief Craig Enevoldsen said that the suspect had no criminal history before the shooting reported KARE 11 news.
According to the Star Tribune the store was closed on Saturday, but re-opened Sunday morning. The store also provided counseling to its employees following the shootings reported KARE 11 news.

The male victim was later identified as Michael Habte and that Habte and Fedeli had been dating for a month or two and the shooter, still yet to be identified, used to date Fedeli reported the Star Tribune.

Fire damages Jesus statue in St. Paul

The Jesus statue in the back yard of a St. Paul citizen was damaged by a fire Sunday morning.
The 7-foot statue belonging to Tuan Pham has been involved in a zoning dispute and according to the Pioneer Press the St. Paul City Council had recently decided the statue must be moved from its perch overlooking downtown St. Paul.
The St. Paul City Council said that the statue was closer to the edge of the bluff than the city rules permits reported the Star Tribune.
The Jesus statue is a replica of the 105-foot-tall Christ of Vung Tao statue that Pham had imported from his native Vietnam and had caught on fire after the pile of nail-studded wood stacked around the statue's base had been lit on fire reported the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press the Jesus statue was relatively unharmed except for some streaks of soot and discoloration to its base.
Pham's family hasn't decided what to do with the statue and if any of the charring done will be able to be removed reported the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reported that the statue, located in Pham's prayer garden, has been attracted by vandals before. Last year the statue was hit by a paintball gun.
Pham and his family are thankful the fire was contained since where the statue is located a brush fire could've been easily started reported the Pioneer Press.

Twin Cities' suburbs see decline in population

According to the recently released data from the 2010 census there has been a decrease in the suburb populations in the seven-county metro area.
In the metro area 26 suburbs have seen a decline in population, double the suburbs that have seen declines in the previous census reported the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press this is the first time in more than 60 years, that the growth rate of Minnesota's suburbs has gone down, with some suburbs even losing population. Ever since World War II people had been moving out of the city, but the new data showed the trend has stopped.
Not only suburbs around the Minneapolis and St. Paul area have seen a decrease, but also as far out as Lake Minnetonka even though 10 years ago all of them had seen increases in population reported the Star Tribune. The 2000 census had showed that the seven-county metro area had increased by 7.85 percent to 2.85 million people.
State Demographer Tom Gillaspy said that suburbs have a life cycle, which explains how suburbs have population booms, stability and then a decline in family and household sizes reported the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that suburbs are now adapting as builders and municipal leaders have have expanded their cities to include both the older and younger generations. Adaptions include making less single family homes and building more apartment complexes and townhomes.

Minnesota Identical Quadruplets Get Reality Show

A new reality TV show presents the Durst quadruplets from Buffalo, Minnesota as the four girls finish up high school.
The show on the Lifetime channel, "Four of a Kind", showcases 18 year olds Kendra, Calli, Sarah and Megan and how even with their identical red hair and freckles they are completely different from each other reported the Star Tribune.
The girls have spent most of their lives together including those spent in the spotlight. Even before they were born their mother Naomi Durst was constantly asked when they were going to be delivered as she beat the odds of one in 700,000 by having quadruplets without using fertility drugs reported the Star Tribune.
The show, which first episode aired March 15th, focuses on the girls' relationships with one another and their many conflicts and also the not yet determined future of the girls.
Upon seeing the show classmates were surprised to see how the girls are constantly fighting and how crude their behavior can be reported KARE 11 news.
According to KARE 11 the Lifetime film crew spent three months with the family, who agreed to the show after being told a considerable amount of their colleges would be paid for by participating.
Since the girls were little when they first appeared on high profile talk shows including "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno the show is planning on showing the girls realistically.

Latest Minnesota GOP proposal to cut local aid

The newest Minnesota House proposal would cut state funding for cities and counties, much of it coming from Minneapolis, St. Paul and their surrounding suburbs.
The GOP members of the House Property Tax and Local Sales Tax Division created the proposal, which would cut nearly $300 million from local government aid and promptly cut half of metro suburbs' state help and a quarter of big cities' aid from the state reported the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that the Republicans have said that the cuts in local aid are needed to help close Minnesota's budget shortfall, but the plan's chance of succeeding are low since Gov. Mark Dayton has been a strong supporter of state aid to local governments. Mayors of both St. Paul and Minneapolis rejected the proposal as it would also cut $118.7 million from a program that gives low- and middle-income renters a tax refund to offset property taxes.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak called the proposal "a blatant attempt to divide communities from each other" reported the Pioneer Press.
Keith Hovis, a spokesman for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, told the Pioneer Press that the cuts would affect core services residents have come to expect since local government aid supports law enforcement, firefighters and snow-plowing and other services.
With little support from mayors and the governor the proposal doesn't seem to have any luck in passing.

Capitol to determine legal time to abort

Republican legislatures in Minnesota are following fellow states as they are trying to outlaw abortions 20 weeks after fertilization.
Since gaining the majority of the state Senate and the House of Representatives the Republicans have reignited the abortion debate, the Minnesota Daily reported.
The proposed bill is based after a law taken on by Nebraska that bans abortions after 20 weeks because that is when developing fetuses can feel pain, or so supporters say, reported the Star Tribune. The Minnesota Daily reported that Minnesota law currently prohibits the abortion of a fetus that could survive outside the womb.
The bill does have room for exceptions to the 20 week mark, but only to women who would risk death or serious physical harm by carrying the pregnancy full term, as Sen. Warren Limmer and co-sponsor of the bill told the Star Tribune. However NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota pointed out to the Star Tribune that the bill makes no exception for women who are victims of rape or incest.
The bill has strong supporters and opponents including a man who has a strong say in the bill's future. The Star Tribune reported that Gov. Mark Dayton would veto any attempt to remove the Constitutional right to choose to abort in Minnesota and that there seems to be little hope of altering Dayton's view.

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